Tryed Side Table

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 01/04/2010 - 23:00
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Following numerous requests, here are plans for the Hyde Side Table. This plan matches the plans for the Tryde Coffee Table and the Tryde Console Table. Made of solid wood in a rustic planked design, you will be shocked at just how beautiful 2x4s can be. This sturdy easy to build end table will add character and a natural aspect to your living space. Also can be used as a nightstand. Features sturdy solid wood legs and a large top with breadboard ends.



Shopping List

1 – 4×4 Post, 8 feet long 1 – 1×4, 8 feet long 2 – 2×4, stud length or 8 feet long

Common Materials
2 1/2 inch screws
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

A) 4 – 4×4 Posts @ 22 1/2” (Legs) B) 4 – 1×4 @ 2 1/4″ (Spacers) C) 2 – 1×4 @ 16 1/2″ (Top Leg Supports) D) 4 – 1×4 @ 12″ (Apron) E) 2 – 2×4 @ 21″ (Breadboard Ends) F) 6 – 2×4 @ 14″ (Tabletop Pieces)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Cut all your boards, except you may wish to cut the tabletop boards after taking an exact measurment of your table in step 7. Make sure you get nice straight cuts. Either use a miter saw, chop saw, or mark your boards with a square and cut with a handheld saw. Predrill all of your screw holes with a countersink bit. Before attaching any boards, mark where the attaching board will fit. Always use glue. Use 2 1/2″ screws unless otherwise directed. Take a square of the project after each step (see HOW-TO section). Work on a clean level surface.


Step 1

1. Spacers. Fasten the spacers to the legs, as shown above. Notice how the spacers will all be placed in different positions depending on the leg postion. Take note of this as you fasten the spacers to the legs.

Step 2

2. Top Leg Support. Attach the top leg support as shown above. Use the meausrements to guide you. Also make sure you screw into the spacer and the legs.

Step 3

3. Aprons. Attach the side aprons as shown above in green. Keep top edges flush.

Step 4

4. Aprons. Attach the remaining aprons as shown above. Keep top edges flush.

Step 5

Step 6

6. Tabletop Pieces. Attach the tabletop pieces as shown above. Keep the gaps between the boards minimal. If you are having a problem with the gaps, add a tabletop support piece as done in the Hyde Console Table, step 5, and attach the tabletop pieces from underneath.

Step 7

7. Toenailing. Make sure you secure the ends of the tabletop pieces to the breadboard ends as shown above. Screw at an angle from the tabletop pieces into the breadboard ends.

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Nicole (not verified)

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 06:49

Thank you! Your website is A-MAZING! I have wanted to build some of the items you have on here, and was just going to do it on a whim...not now! I've got actual plans. Will send pics as we do some of these projects (we are first-timers), but are confident we will be able to get a similar pottery-barn look! Thank you. I can't thank you enough! Thanks!

Shari (not verified)

Mon, 10/04/2010 - 11:56

I am wanting to make this table, but I would like to make it about 24" square at the top instead of the 21". I was trying to figure how to make the adjustments on my own, and I am just not that savvy or something! Could you maybe just tell me what wood needs to be cut longer etc. Thanks!

Guest (not verified)

Mon, 05/30/2011 - 09:37

Larger side table (24” H x 24.5” W x 24.5” L)
4 – 4x4 @ 22.5” (Legs)
4 – 1x4 @ 2.25” (Spacers)
2 – 1x4 @ 20” (Top Leg Supports)
4 – 1x4 @ 15.5” (Apron)
2 – 2x4 @ 24.5” (Breadboard Ends)
7 – 2x4 @ 17.5” (Tabletop Pieces)
Follow the original directions, but with these new cuts of wood (legs and spacers are the unchanged). You'll need another board of 1x4 wood than the original plan calls for. Note you have 7 tabletop pieces instead of the original 6 pieces called for.

Rebecca (not verified)

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 08:14

We are moving into a new house soon and I just love the idea of building our own furniture for it! I, however, am having a hard time finding non-treated wood. I noticed someone else above was having this problem too. I thought about just getting the pressure treated but since it's green tinted I am worried it will take the stain differently than the other wood. I am in Tulsa, Oklahoma so if anyone knows where I can get non-treated 4x4's that would be so helpful! Thanks <3

Missy (not verified)

Mon, 11/15/2010 - 18:03

I LOVE this site! Haven't made anything yet, but hoping to soon! The last table image,,,what is the brand of stain, and color?? Also, stupid question, how is it applied?

A Side Table. … (not verified)

Thu, 01/06/2011 - 11:57

[...] So I was browsing facebook and stumbled across a link to Ana White’s website for DIYing your own furniture.  {Found on the owner of page}.  Well, after browsing I was hooked.  I looked at my husband, and said, “Babe, I wanna build something…this…”  And, to my pleasant surprise {well not really a surprise, he really is just that nice…} he replied…”Okay, what do you need?  Let’s head to Lowes.”  So, we did just that.  That next day I had built my first piece of furniture a “guinea pig” sewing table for my sister that is way too wobbly, has a broken leg, LOTS of wood filler in the areas where I split the plywood, and somewhere a countersink drill bit is stuck in it {for added support of course}.  But, my sister still loved it…she stained the top and painted the cart area a sweet purple and figured if we needed to build a new one {this time with the correct plywood} then we would do just that and my sweet little niece would get a new table for her room.  Well, I didn’t take pictures of that project, but to get the idea of what it looked like, or to build your own sewing cart/table…here are the plans. { } Okay, so on to what I actually am showing you…my “Tryde” Side table, built with plans from the amazing Ana White…free plans might I add.  It’s modeled after the “Hyde” side table from Pottery Barn…except with a few modifications making it easier to build…no need to rip down the legs or sides…it’s just slightly larger…a surface of 21″ x 21″ vs. PB’s 18″ x 18″.  And Yes, I built this…with NO help from my husband, no high school shop classes, and no magic wand.  {Though I would be lying if I said I’ve never worked with power tools…my good friend John M. has a beautiful wood shop and a few days in there with him was better than four years of high school shop class I’m sure…and yes I did make a phone call to him after the sewing cart, prior to the side table…a little pep talk you could say.} So, why am I showing you this…well I’m proud…and I want other’s to know they TOO can DIY their home, if I can do it, YOU can!  Because like most, I have expensive taste without the budget.  I’m a stay-at-home Mom married to a conservative cop who does what he does for a bargain salary.  But I thank the Lord everyday that he has a job and a roof over our heads and skills and motivation to make things like an $18 side table to store things like Matthew’s “trickle up poverty” book…he claims everyone should read it, so…there’s his plug in my blog.    So! Visit Ana’s site, find some plans {because who knows maybe you hate this table}, buy some wood, put on your safety glasses {Norm Abram style}, and send the wood dust flying! {One word of advice…don’t turn your shelf and picture frame covered office into your wood shop…you WILL spend 2 hours vacuuming, dusting, and then dusting more dust that settled after the vacuuming…put on a coat, suck it up, and head to the garage…that’s what its there for.} [...]